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Employment Law This Week®: FLSA Overtime Rules, NYS Overtime Laws, National Origin Discrimination, Foreign Workers [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

All Play and No Work: TN Body Clarifies When Recreational Activities Are Covered Under Worker’s Comp Law

Since the early 1930s, the Tennessee Supreme Court has consistently ruled that an employee’s injury during voluntary recreational activity is not compensable as a work-related accident. However, Tennessee Code Annotated §...more

Idaho Supreme Court Refuses to Modify the Workers Compensation Exclusive Remedy Doctrine

In order to provide near certain relief for employees injured in the course of employment, the Idaho Worker’s Compensation Act withdrew the common law remedies workers traditionally held against their employers. This...more

Maine Workers’ Comp Alert: Appellate Division Addresses Distinction Between Employees Covered Under the Act and Volunteers

In Huff v. Regional Transportation Program the Workers’ Compensation Board Appellate Division affirmed a decision finding that an individual was not an employee but, rather, a volunteer. The individual was a driver for a...more

Opioid Use and NC Workers’ Compensation

As we have previously reported, the North Carolina Industrial Commission was tasked to investigate a prescription formulary for North Carolina State workers. The results of the investigation were published earlier this year....more

Counting On Eligibility: What Settlement Funds Count Against Medicaid Eligibility?

WILLIFORD v. N.C. DEPT. OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, and N.C. DIV. OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (NC Ct. of Appeals, 11/15/16) - To be eligible for Medicaid, an applicant who is single and over the age of 65 cannot have more...more

Bill Caravetta Prevails on Defense of Bad Faith Claim, Judge Rules on Motion for Summary Judgment

This was a workers’ compensation/bad faith lawsuit brought by Plaintiffs Kenneth Ingram and Wiley Harrison, both truck drivers for M3 Transportation. While transporting Department of Defense cargo for M3 Transport, Plaintiff...more

Workers Compensation: Opt Out in Wisconsin?

In 2014 Oklahoma enacted a radical change to its workers’ compensation statute, and on September 13, 2016, the Oklahoma Supreme Court held that it violates the state constitution. The case is Dillard’s, Inc. v. Vasquez, 2016...more

Maine Workers’ Comp Alert: Appellate Division Rulings Update

Maine Appellate Division Affirms Award for Injury Resulting from Employer-Provided Hepatitis B Vaccination - In Torrey v. Island Nursing Home, Me. WCB App. Div. No. 16-34 (October 28, 2016) the Appellate Division...more

Kentucky’s Department of Workers’ Claims Enacts New Regulations Governing The Handling of Workers’ Compensation Claims

On October 7, 2016, the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims enacted significant changes to the regulations governing KRS Chapter 342, Kentucky’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Under Kentucky law, regulations promulgated by...more

Employment Law This Week®: White House on Non-Competes, Transgender Bathrooms, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, Freelancer Wage... [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

UIM Carrier has Standing to Seek Determination of Workers’ Comp Lien

In the recent case of Dion v. Batten, No. COA16-63, 2016 WL 4088417 (N.C. App. Aug. 2, 2016), the North Carolina Court of Appeals held for the first time that an underinsured motorist (UIM) carrier has standing to seek a...more

Employers May Now Be Responsible for Injuries Sustained on Public Roads

The South Carolina Supreme Court essentially abandoned 19 years of court precedence by finding the divided premises rule applies to injuries sustained while on a public street traveling from one employer-controlled location...more

Employment Law This Week: Antitrust Guidance for HR, EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan, New I-9 Form, Wage Statement Challenge [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Workplace Drug Testing and New OSHA Regulations

Every employer has a drug testing policy – even if that policy is to not test its employees or prospects. Performing drug testing on current or prospective employees requires specific criteria, and proper handling of the...more

Worker’s Compensation Exclusivity Rule Gets “Trumped” by Indemnity Provision

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself with the title. The next case, Aluma Systems Concrete Construction of California v. Nibbi Bros., Inc., California Court of Appeals for the First District, Case No. A145734 (August 16, 2016),...more

Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Carriers May Pursue Justice

Workers’ compensation statutes impose liability without fault on the employers of men and women who are injured on the job. They also permit employers to recoup the costs they incur from any third parties who actually caused...more

Use a Third Party Claim as Leverage to Get Your Workers’ Compensation Claim CLINCHERED

If an employee was injured in the course and scope of employment because of a third party, the employer/carrier has a lien against proceeds the employee receives from the third party. For example, if your employee was driving...more

Employment Law Letter - Fall 2016

Connecticut’s system of workers compensation has been in place for over a century with few major changes, and yet it seems we keep coming up with unique circumstances that raise new questions. We’d be surprised if our readers...more

Employment Law This Week®: Paid Sick Leave, New California Employment Laws, Final Pay Data Rule, Employee Drug Tests [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

A Workers’ Compensation Double Play: Governor Signs SB 1160 and AB 1244 To Squeeze Out More System Costs

SB 1160, introduced by Senator Mendoza and signed into law September 30, 2016, amends several Labor Code sections affecting authorized medical treatment, utilization review, and lien litigation. Its principal achievement is...more

Employment Law This Week®: Overtime Rule Lawsuits, Voluntary Wellness Program, Statements Protected Under NLRA [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Recently Introduced Legislation Could Lead to Increased Claims for Municipalities

A bill proposed in the Ohio Senate could have a significant impact on Ohio municipalities’ budgets going forward. Ohio Senate Bill 5 would create an exception to Ohio law allowing for police officers, fire fighters and other...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19586 - Harrington v. Freedom of Information Commission - The Court started off by saying..... We have not previously had occasion to squarely address..... [this]...more

NEW UPDATE: Is Your Workers’ Compensation Program Unlawful?

In two previous posts, on April 19, 2016 and June 21, 2016, we reported on the EquityComp workers’ compensation program offered by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries Applied Underwriters (Applied) and California Insurance...more

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